How do I get money back for my foreign coins?
Tonight I just cleaned my room and while doing this I found some money. I counted it and I found out that there are a lot of coins from 25 different countries.
I know that normally banks don't exchange foreign currencies in coins, but is there a way so that I can still get some money for my foreign coins?
Do you have a noticeable amount in any of the currencies? I'd say that as a rule of thumb, if you have under a beer/coffee worth of coins, it's not going to be worth trying to get it changed...
For most currencies it is more or less the amount of a beer or maybe a little bit more... but for maybe 5 currencies it is only some cents.
I have been caught out one time where I have been at a train station early in the morning and the only ticket machine working took coins only with no shops open to change notes. So hanging on to a 'beers worth' is handy in case your ever back.
"Foreign coins... that's not money! I want my money back!"
The question at hand is "is there a way so that I can still get some money for my foreign coins"
Unless it is a significant amount, changing coins isn't worth it. The amounts are small and most banks and foreign exchanges won't accept coins generally.
My solution is to collect the left over foreign coins until I fly on an airline that participates in the Change for Good program and then donate them. British Airways and Virgin also have their own programs. It is a great concept as a small amount of foreign coins isn't very valuable to you, but when compounded across thousands of passengers a year, it can make a real difference.
If you don't want to wait until your next flight to donate, many charity shops (at least in the UK) accept foreign coins.
If you won't be flying on a participating airline anytime soon, you can also send your coins direct to UNICEF Change for Good at the address on their website.